Walker’s Legacy presents “Ask a Boss,” our latest digital masterclass series featuring women of influence who have achieved success in business and beyond. Please join us for an engaging conversation with the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Acevedo.
Walker’s Legacy presents “Ask a Boss,” our latest digital masterclass series featuring women of influence who have achieved success in business and beyond. Please join us for an engaging conversation with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA.
Sylvia Acevedo is an engineer, rocket scientist, tech entrepreneur, author, and CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She was appointed interim CEO in 2016, becoming permanent in 2017 and coming full circle from her youth as a Girl Scout in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Through Girl Scouts, Sylvia discovered her passion for space, science, and math. Her interest in STEM subjects would lead her to a career as a rocket scientist, engineer, technology executive, and award-winning STEM entrepreneur.
Sylvia began her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she created algorithms and analyzed data from Voyager 2’s spacecraft flyby of Jupiter and two of its moons, Io and Europa. She went on to work as an engineer and executive at Apple, Dell, Autodesk, and IBM.
Sylvia has led a transformation of Girl Scout programming in STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She spearheaded the largest rollout of more than 100 badges in STEM and the outdoors.
She was one of the first Hispanic students, to earn a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University—an MS in industrial engineering—and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University.
Sylvia has been recognized widely for her accomplishments in business and education, and for her work to bring more girls into the STEM pipeline. In 2018 she was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” as well as “Cybersecurity Person of the Year” by Cybersecurity Ventures. Forbes named her as one of America’s Top 50 Women in Tech, and in 2019 InStyle magazine placed her at number seven on its list of “50 Women Who Are Changing the World.”